TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
What is TRIO EOC?
The TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a Federally-funded program that assists low income and/or first-generation individuals either enroll in a post-secondary institution for the first time or return to high school or a post-secondary institution.
The program is open to adults 18 years of age or older who live in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. Our EOC program is housed at the CWU campus in Yakima, WA in the Yakima Valley College Campus.
TRIO EOC at Central Washington University is 100% funded by the U.S Department of Education & serves 1,000 individuals per year.
Secondary school diploma or equivalent: 35% of participants served during the project year, who do not have a secondary school diploma or its equivalent, will receive a secondary school diploma or its equivalent during the project year.
Postsecondary education enrollment: 45% of participants who graduate from secondary school and are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program will enroll in a postsecondary education program immediately following participation in an EOC program or will have received a notification, by the fall semester, of acceptance but deferred enrollment until the next academic semester (e.g. spring semester).
Financial aid applications: 60% of participants served during the project year who are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program and who: 1) are high school seniors; 2) are high school graduates; or 3) have obtained a high school equivalency certificate, will apply for financial aid during the project year.
Postsecondary education admissions: 60% of participants served during the project year who are not already enrolled in a postsecondary education program and who: 1) are high school seniors; 2) are high school graduates; or 3) have obtained a high school equivalency certificate, will apply for college admission during the project year.
Post-secondary Admissions Assistance
- Information about post-secondary institutions in & out of Washington State
- Assistance with completion of college or vocational/technical admissions forms
- Assistance with transferring to an upper-level college or university
- Discussion about choosing a program of study and course selection
- Explanation of the financial aid process
- Assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any other financial aid forms.
- Information on how to apply for Work-Study
- Information on searching and applying for local, state, and private scholarships and grants
- Information on student loans and assistance with the student loan process
Referrals to Community Organizations
- Assistance with enrolling in Adult Basic Education courses and/or GED program
- Post-secondary education partner
Other social services